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“Great Snorkeling on St. John East End”
Review of Hurricane Hole

Ranked #57 of 97 things to do in St. John
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Owner description: A storm-protected bay in the arms of mangrove trees with a lively and colorful nursery of fish.
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Great snorkeling (best on St. John, in my opinion) when conditions are good, on outer Hurricane Hole; short walk to pebble beach with somewhat difficult access, no shade. Fine snorkeling on inner Hurricane Hole, with somewhat easier access, no walk, and some shade.

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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Hurricane Hole, specifically Otter Creek section in mid Nov. Took Serena Sea charter from Coral Bay. The water was so calm and clear. Definitely a little eerie at first with how close you need to get to the mangroves, but you quickly adjust when you see the beauty in the water. The colors of the sponges, corals, anemones are beautiful and they all make a great background for all the baby fish! It's apparent why they call this the nursery for the fish. Also saw a barracuda, tons of queen conch, tons of cushion starfish, and a sea cucumber. My friend and I had the entire place to ourselves. One must take care to swim mostly with your arms while you are up close to the trees so you don't disturb the shallow bottom as it will quickly cloud the water. Just little small movements is all you need and totally take your time as there is much to see. We looked at a book on the mangroves before we went so we knew all the different things we would be looking at. Hurricane Hole is actually a National Monument. There are moorings there, but only for day use.

Thank LadyTxAggie_2000
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

My very favorite... breathtaking... I could not stop looking at the beauty of this area of St.John... Away from the tourists and cruise patrons (visiting from St. Thomas), this is the place where the locals, or those wanting to get away from the crowds will go. The colors of the water range from turquoise to royal blue... and the snorkeling is out of this world. Find your way to this more remote part of the island, and you will be treated to... paradise on earth.

2  Thank ViajamosAMenudo
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

We were somewhat disappointed in this snorkel spot after reading the reviews. In order to see anything you had to get right up next to the roots of the mangroves in barely two feet of water with long sea grass below. There were not many fish to see when we were there and it was not really worth the effort.

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Reviewed 26 March 2016

I got here by a chartered boat and really enjoyed it. The mangroves make for great snorkeling. If you get a boat try to get to some of the smaller nearby bays that are harder to get to by land.

Thank Stephen S
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